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Cleveland , Ohio — When the Kentucky Wildcats won the SEC championship on March 15, they went against tradition and left the nets at Bridgestone Arena intact.
HOUSTON — Gonzaga’s Road to the Final Four hit a detour with four-plus minutes left.
HOUSTON — It has been said about this Gonzaga basketball team that it can beat you in a variety of ways.
SEATTLE — Gonzaga faces unfair stakes when it takes the court for games like Sunday evening’s at KeyArena, an extra burden the other teams in the field will never know. By this point, nothing the Bulldogs do within the West Coast Conference will matter to the rest of the country, and they know it. “They pretty much think we’re going out there and not even playing, just coming up with a W,” senior guard Gary Bell Jr. said.
PORTLAND — Eastern Washington knows it now: Cinderella’s slipper isn’t one-size-fits-all.
Seattle — Kyle Wiltjer had 23 points and Kevin Pangos scored 18 as Gonzaga held off pesky North Dakota State, 86-76, in a South Region second-round contest at the Key Arena in Seattle.
CHENEY — Gregg Smith has some advice for the Eastern Washington basketball players at the NCAA tournament: savor the moment.
SPOKANE — The 2013 Zags landed a No. 1 ranking and the first No. 1 seed in program history. They were fourth on the S-curve, the selection committee’s 1-68 ranking of tournament teams that it uses to try to balance the four regions.
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament tips off tonight with the first two opening round contests before the main event gets going on Thursday morning.
LAS VEGAS — With time winding down in the biggest game of the season, the Pac-12 Player of the Year took matters into his own hands.
SEATTLE — Washington quarterback Cyler Miles is taking a “voluntary leave of absence” football and will not participate in spring practice, the school announced Friday.
Missoula , Mont. — Felix Von Hofe came off the bench to score 23 points with seven rebounds as the second-seeded Eastern Washington Eagles outlasted the third-seeded Sacramento State Hornets, 91-83, in the semifinal round of the Big Sky Tournament at Dahlberg Arena.
LAS VEGAS — For all the chatter nationally about unsightly, low-scoring games this season, we offer the 40-minute thrill ride that was Gonzaga-BYU.